I know that useability and friendliness are given priority in the features implemented on StackExchange, but after using the new close-as-off-topic flow for the first time I would have to say I'm somewhat underwhelmed.
Why do we not have a simple It's off topic type reason? And why do I have to write half a book chapter as my custom close reason, especially when I can go back and edit the automatically posted comment so that it's way shorter?
question complaint is prompted by this question here on Meta. It's off topic, plain and simple. We now have a bunch of people wanting to close it, all potentially writing their own custom close reasons, it's just messy suboptimal. Regardless of how nice and friendly you want to be to the user, this particular question shouldn't need an explanation.
Does the off topic flow have to stay this way? Can we allow higher rep users to close as off topic without having to specify a (really long) custom reason, maybe have some canned reasons like we used to?
just to be clear, there are still three canned close reasons, but none of them were applicable to this example. The second one is closest, but does not appear to seek input... is quite different to It's a question, but doesn't belong here in any way, shape, or form.